Farmer with porn escapes jail term

October 18, 2007 – 5:06PM

A South Australian farmer caught with almost 2,500 child pornography images has escaped going to jail, receiving instead a two-year suspended sentence.

In the South Australian District Court on Thursday Judge Dean Clayton said police found so many images on the computer, compact discs and a USB drive of Ian Ross Hancock that the exact number ceased to be of relevance.

He said Hancock, 37, had admitted getting the images from people he corresponded with in a chat room on the Internet.

He also admitted sending images to other people.

Judge Clayton said the pictures showed children who had been degraded and exploited.

“The offences are not victimless crimes, the victims are those children who are abused for the purpose of creating the images,” he told Hancock.

“The market for such pornographic images only exists because of people such as yourself.”

Judge Clayton said while a suspended sentence was unusual in such cases, he considered it appropriate because of Hancock’s cooperation with police, his prospects for rehabilitation and the needs of his wife and children to have him continue to work the family farm.

Jail term suspended over child porn

Posted October 18, 2007 13:06:00

A farmer from Yorke Peninsula has narrowly avoided being sent to jail for sharing images of child pornography on the Internet.

Ian Ross Hancock, 37, admitted downloading and uploading hundreds of images of child pornography from a computer at his home at Wokurna.

He was arrested in February after the US Department of Immigration and Customs passed information on to South Australian police.

District Court judge Dean Clayton, in Adelaide, said the community expected serious punishment for those who took part in the trade of child pornography.

But he said Hancock now realised he had a problem and had voluntarily booked into a sexual offender treatment program.

The judge said there was almost no chance that Hancock would offend again and suspended his two-year prison term.,22606,22535355-2682,00.html

Farmer used Internet child porn ro escape stresses


October 05, 2007 11:30am

A FARMER who accessed and transmitted child pornography on the Internet was looking for fantasy to escape stresses in his private life, a court was told today.

Ian Ross Hancock, 37, of Bute, appeared in the District Court for sentencing submissions after pleading guilty to using a carriage service to access child pornography, using a carriage service to transmit child pornography and possessing child pornography.

Hancock’s lawyer, Shane Spence, told the court her client at first started looking at adult pornography on the Internet.

She said he then started accessing child pornography “out of curiosity”.

He then went to Internet chat rooms where he forwarded child pornography to other Internet users.

Ms Spence said Hancock knew what he was doing was wrong and in 2005 stopped and destroyed all the images he had saved.

But in 2006 he found himself attracted back to the Internet and started looking at child pornography again until he was arrested by police.

“He knew what he was doing was wrong. He didn’t know how to stop it,” Ms Spence said.

“He was looking on the Internet for fantasy to escape the stresses going on in his private life.”

She said that since being arrested, Hancock had joined a sex offender treatment program which to rehabilitate himself.

A doctor with the program reported that Hancock had made good progress and the prognosis for his treatment was good.

Hancock was granted continuing bail and will be sentenced at a later date.


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